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Hamer Enjoying His Football At Latics

6 September 2019

Defender Tom Hamer says he is enjoying his time at Oldham Athletic after featuring in every game so far this season.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, Hamer believes the side are improving with each game, but were unlucky against Colchester United last weekend.

“It was similar to the game against Cambridge the week before, we didn't have much of the possession there, but we got the result.” He said.

“It's exactly the same last weekend, I thought what we're doing in training is working in the games and we were unlucky not to get something against Colchester.

“Obviously, the result was disappointing, but if look at the positives we have most of the possession and played some good football.

“We just need to finish our chances in those sorts of games.”

Filipe Morais and Jonny Smith joined Latics on Deadline Day and Hamer says they have settled in well to the squad.

“They've settled in fine with the squad, Jonny's young so he's been hanging round the younger lads a bit more.” He commented.

“Obviously, Filipe's been with the more senior pros, but we all get on fine and they're settling in well.”

Plymouth were relegated last season from Sky Bet League One, but they’ve made a decent start to the Sky Bet League Two campaign.

They currently sit in sixth position and Hamer knows it’ll be a tough test against a good footballing outfit.

“I'm just expecting them to be a good footballing side, they've just been relegated so they'll want to try and push for promotion.

“They're doing well, but obviously it's only the start of the season, so there's still a long way to go.

“They'll try and keep a lot of possession, but we'll have to deal with it and hopefully get the win in the end.”

It’ll be a long trip for players, staff and supporters alike when Latics travel to Plymouth.

Hamer was honest when asked about these types of journeys, but he did say once the squad arrive it’ll be a different story.

“I don't really enjoy a six- or seven-hour coach trip, but once we get there it's alright and we'll be switched on for it.

“It's a big stadium and a decent opposition, so you've got to look forward to it.”

Hamer signed a contract extension in the summer, meaning he will remain at Boundary Park until 2020.

Mixed with his 50th appearance for the club the other week, the young fullback says that he is enjoying his time at Oldham.

“I'm buzzing to be here, at my age to be playing football is the best thing for me which is why it was a no brainer to sign a new deal.

“I'm young, so not a lot of managers would have that faith to play me as much as I have played.

“When I go out there on a Saturday or a Tuesday, I just show what I can do, and it's been keeping me in the side.”

The academy graduate has been part of the First Team for the past three seasons, so it’s easy to forget that Hamer hasn’t reached his twenties yet.

He still believes he has a lot of learning to do, but he says he is happy for people to forget as he hopes to keep on improving his game.

“I think people do forget my age at times, even my own family members.

“Sometimes people will expect more from me, but other times they'll realise I'm only 19, so there's still a lot of learning for me to do.

“I'm not the best I can be, but this is what playing games does, it helps you learn, and you go from there.

“It can be a good thing (people forgetting my age) because it shows that I'm able to play in this league at 19.”

Hamer has already been given the privilege of captaining the side on a couple of occasions both last season and this current one.

He says he has started to develop these leadership qualities being part of the First Team and hopes to carry on as he plays more.

“Obviously the last game of the season last season wasn't a great result, but it was great to lead the lads out and wear that armband.

“You had people like Clarkey (Peter Clarke) and this year Wheatz (David Wheater) who you can learn from and you've just got to keep developing these things.”


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